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How Many Colleges Should Music Students Apply To?

September 17, 2014

As high school seniors are getting their applications underway (or at least thinking about getting started!) a question often comes up: how many schools should I apply to? What is the right number for your “short list”? The answer to this question is as individual as each student, but I would like to offer some […]


Eastman application is now open

September 10, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the application for Fall 2015 admission is now open!  We’ve spent the summer making updates and improvements, and we are excited to get the admissions season underway.  The Eastman application allows you to upload recordings and videos directly within your application on the “Recordings” page (if recordings are required […]


Applying to Music School on More than One Instrument

July 11, 2014

The question of applying on more than one instrument comes up frequently in the music admissions process. There are some cases in which applying on more than one instrument makes sense, and others in which it is not recommended. This post will discuss some factors you should consider in making this decision. The first question […]


Survival Guide for Parents of Music Students

June 4, 2014

If you are the parent of a music student, you might want to check out a new book from Amy Nathan called Music Parents Survival Guide.  It is full of advice and info to help you navigate the many steps your child will take between first lessons and heading off to college and beyond.  The […]


Making the most of your visit to a music school or conservatory

May 16, 2014

Visiting a college campus is a great way to get a more complete picture of what studying there would be like. Websites are a useful starting point, but they can’t replace the first-hand experience of meeting faculty, students and staff members and seeing the campus in person.  Here are some tips to make the most […]


How to have a great interview

February 19, 2014

Many of you will have an interview as part of your audition day at Eastman, depending on the program you are applying to.  Interviews are conducted by a member of Eastman’s faculty or staff – either individually or in small groups.   Interviews are one of my favorite parts of audition days, because they create […]


Memorization: a necessary chore, or a path to a more enjoyable performance (audition) experience?

January 14, 2014

                  Many of you are required, or at least encouraged, to perform all or part of your audition from memory.[i]  What I’ve learned from my own performing and teaching career is that memorization is not important so much for its own sake, but more so for the […]


The Dual Degree Experience

January 8, 2014

Today’s guest post is written by Amy Skjerseth, a recent graduate of Eastman and the Dual Degree program at the University of Rochester.  If you are considering a Dual Degree, you may find it useful to hear about her experiences.  Thanks Amy! ***************** Throughout high school, I always knew that I wanted to study music: […]


Two Days in the Life of a Music Student at Eastman

November 18, 2013

Hi! My name is Mary and I am a sophomore, double major in Violin Performance and Music Education here at Eastman. When I was in high school looking at colleges, something I always wanted to know was what a typical student schedule looked like. Hopefully this article will give you a peek into my typical […]


A “bucket list” for your time at Eastman

August 13, 2013

What do students do for fun at Eastman?  A group of alumni have put together a list of highlights – a “bucket list” of 50 things not to be missed during your time on Gibbs St.  You can check it out here. The list includes some great suggestions about places to eat and areas to […]